FAMILY BUILDING NETWORK
MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The FBN is a monthly support group that brings together families formed with the help of egg/sperm/embryo donation and/or surrogacy as well as parents-to-be; giving them the opportunity to ask questions, get answers to their concerns, share experiences and feel supported.
The decision to parent with the help of donors/surrogates involves multiple choices. Many parents are unsure whether they should tell their children about their conception. Even for those who make the decision to tell, the uncertainty of how and when to begin this conversation can often result in years passing by and children not being told about their genetic origins. Fear of “doing it wrong” or “being rejected” by their children seems to become the biggest roadblocks to talking and sharing.
The monthly FBN meetings provide a safe and comfortable place where you need not feel alone or different. Often, listening and sharing stories with others can give parents the confidence needed to not only start the talk with their children and others, but continue to grow the conversation.
Discussions will include:
· Tools for talking about donor conception with children
· The importance of language in the disclosure story
· How to answer questions from your child and others
· How children's questions change over time
· The latest books for parents and children
Thursday, January 10,2013
$25 per person, $40 per family
902 Broadway (between 20th-21st Sts. next to
920 Broadway), 13th Floor, NYC 10010
Patricia Mendell, LCSW, 212-819-1778